Construction companies in East Yorkshire need more support to gain local contracts

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by KCFM

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A Hull construction business says more needs to be done to help local contractors get business in the region.

The chair of the regional branch of the Federation of Master Builders has warned that East Yorkshire firms will miss out on big public sector contracts, unless the tendering process is changed.

Nick Hammond from Brick Baron believes that splitting the larger schemes into smaller projects would give local builders a chance of competing against national contractors.

He says using local companies for regeneration schemes would benefit the local economy:

“it is important that money earned from such schemes is retained in the area and reintroduced into the local economy. Once companies or operators from out of the city are paid, then that money is quite simply not reinvested into the community i.e. local shops, local pubs etc…”

Nick says that as things stand, smaller firms will miss out on business in the run up to the City of Culture year:

“They’re going to miss out on such a large earning potential. The amount of money that’s coming into the city over the next few years is untold really and it really is important that the local authority gets behind local companies.”

He says making it easier for smaller firms to win contracts will benefit the regional economy:

“It’s going to create jobs within the local economy. It’s going to make people want to invest in training, make companies want to invest in apprentices; but this has got to be helped by the quality and quantity for local schemes staying with local companies.”

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Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by KCFM

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